Maya Ravan is a 2 hour dance ballet where the medium of communication is a union of hand gestures and body movements of some classical dances of India. The ballet is based on the life of the demon King ‘Ravan’ who rules over the kingdom of Lanka from the great Indian mythological epic ‘Ramayan’.
The ballet portrays the character of the Demon King Ravan as an ambitious, brave yet over confident and stubborn and full of pride personality and his quest to win over Lord Rama and his kingdom ayodhya by kidnapping Lord Rama’s wife Sita. Rama befriends a tribe of primates led by Hanuman who vow to assist him in his quest to bring back Sita. Hanuman goes to Lanka to mediate and bring back sita without bloodshed. Ravan in turn answers by setting Hanuman’s tail on fire!! Thus sown are the seeds of a great battle in Indian mythological history which is beautifully performed in the ballet. Ravan’s death act leaves the viewer in tears and respect for such performance of art.
Choreographed, directed and acted by veteran Bharatnatyam Dancer and Film Actress ‘Shobana’ and her dance troupe, Maya Ravan is a gripping presentation of Indian Mythology through the fine arts through well choreographed music and dance which leaves the viewer mesmerized and carries a lovable perspective of Indian mythology to audiences around the world.
Shobana, in Maya Ravan skillfully innovates to assemble an eclectic collage of energies ranging from the traditional beauty of Bharatanatyam to the excitement of fusion with world music and magical Indian film music. The production is narrated in English by Indian film artists like Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Milind Soman, Suhasini Maniratnam, Revathy, Rohini, Tabu, Sameer Sony and Mohanlal.